Dueling emails and the budget impasse

Over the past couple of weeks, the candidates for governor have been emailing state employees about legislative business. First, Governor Roy Cooper emailed principals asking them to share an "open letter" with employees about the lack of a state budget and, hence, no...
Punching back

Punching back

Last week, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi caused a stir by firing back at questioners who asked inappropriate and misinformed questions. Both got a strong response from supporters. Democrats want more pushback, not less. They’re looking for fighters to take on the brawler...

Biden and the political realignment

Biden and the political realignment

Joe Biden may be a transitional figure to a much broader, more centrist and more dominant party. Conservatives disaffected by Donald Trump seem to be warming to his candidacy. They’ve been some of his main defenders against attacks on Biden from the left. Pundits and...

The BOG’s odd foil

The BOG’s odd foil

At first blush, attorney Greg Doucette seems an odd foil for the Republicans running the UNC Board of Governors. In 2016, he was the GOP nominee for a state senate seat in Durham. He’s spent most of his life involved in Republican politics even though he’s now...

The 17th amendment and gerrymandering

The 17th amendment and gerrymandering

Now that the Congressional districts have been settled we know one thing for almost certain: all of the races will be decided in March. Short of a tectonic shift in our politics, Republicans will hold eight seats and Democrats five. The makeup of our Congressional...

The GOP exodus has begun

The GOP exodus has begun

In an extraordinary move, three members of the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners announced that they are leaving the Republican Party. One, David Guice, is a former state representative and Page Lemel’s father, Bill Ives, served as a Republican legislator...

Bad actors and Russian dupes

Bad actors and Russian dupes

If you’re saying that the Ukrainians interfered with our elections, you’re either bad or dumb. There’s really not much in between. I’ll give Senator Richard Burr the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s the latter.  When Burr, who is the chair of the Senate...

One man out, another in?

One man out, another in?

Garland Tucker dropped out of the GOP Senate primary in North Carolina yesterday. Thom Tillis must be feeling a bit relieved but it could be short lived. After the courts approved the newly-drawn congressional districts yesterday, two other Republican Congressmen...

A trust fund for Sam

A trust fund for Sam

The email came from interim UNC-CH Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. Silent Sam would never return to the UNC campus. That seemed like good news on the day before Thanksgiving. But that was just half of the news.  Guskiewicz didn’t mention the $2.5 million...

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